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HOW DO I GET A PERMIT

PLEASE NOTE: THOSE TRADES THAT ARE REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED UNDER NEW HAMPSHIRE LAW MUST SECURE THOSE PERMITS IN PERSON AT OUR OFFICE.  THEY MAY NOT BE SECURED ONLINE OR BY PROXY. THE INDIVIDUAL MUST PRESENT A CURRENT LICENSE TO THE DEPARTMENT AT TIME OF ISSUANCE.

Permits are generally one of two types: "ON DEMAND" and "REVIEW REQUIRED"

"ON DEMAND" permits

These permits do not involve either structural or non-structural modifications to a building and are available at our front desk during posted business hours by filling out the permit form, paying the fee and scheduling an inspection once work is complete. Fee schedule is here.

Examples of this type of permit are, but not limited to:
                
Electrical service upgrade
Replacing an existing fuel fired furnace
Adding electrical circuits or outlets to an existing circuit.   
Gas piping for a new stove, clothes dryer, gas fireplace or decorative stove
Replacing a fuel fired water heater
Installing a standby generator (needs gas and electric permits)
Wood or pellet stove
                                                                

"REVIEW REQUIRED" permits

These permits require a review by department staff for both code and land use regulation compliance. Some examples are but not limited to:

                
Remodeling both residential and commercial that involves structural and/or nonstructural modifications
Erecting structures both from a building code perspective but also from a zoning regulation perspective.
Converting existing unused space into useable finished areas.
Sign permits
Septic permits
Septic plan reviews
                                
                                                                                                                                                                                 
The process for permits needing a staff review is:
        1.      You need to gather or secure all of the required documents based upon the type of permit you are seeking.  Permit specific document list is here.
        2.      Once you have all of the required documents  you need to fill out and print your permit application form. Remember incomplete applications may delay the permit processing time.  Applications are here.
        3.      Submit your completed application and all of the required documents to our office at 55 Constitution Drive.  The only fees that are due upon submission are plan review fees. Complete fee schedule here.
        4.      Once staff has had the opportunity to review you application we will contact you if more information is required or you will receive notice your permit is ready to be picked up.  Once the fees are paid and the permit is picked up work may begin. REMINDER: permits are processed in the order in which they are submitted and missing information may delay the process.  Our policy on permit processing time is here.

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Town of Bedford
Bedford Town Offices   24 North Amherst Road, Bedford, NH 03110      Phone: (603) 472-5242
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